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Finding images on the Internet tends to be difficult and time-consuming. You have to switch from one search engine to another, clicking through to a separate page for advanced settings if you need specific types of images. Then, looking at a larger version takes you to another page, from which you can check out the full-size image or the website it was found on (with yet another click and page load). I hate it.

Skyscraper (formerly Pandora; renamed to avoid confusion with the popular music service) tries to solve that problem, giving you an app to search for images online from the comfort of your Mac. It has a raft of handy features that stand it as a major player in the image-search apps arena, and does a decent job of fulfilling its tagline: “Find and download images of anything.” (more…)

It’s a huge pain having to constantly juggle multiple windows and apps to get the information I need to reference for the task at hand. Whether on a tiny MacBook Air or a spacious two-monitor desktop setup, I often have to rapidly switch from text editor to App Store to any of a dozen browser tabs while I work on an article.

With ScreenFloat those days are now largely behind me, as I can float screenshots of the pertinent information atop other windows. It’s easy to use, surprisingly versatile, and a huge time saver. And it lives right in my menubar (although there’s also an option to show the Dock icon instead, if you’re out of menubar space).
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For a while now, members of the Tapbots team have teased an upcoming release of Tweetbot for Mac by using it to Tweet, leaving the footprint of “via Tweetbot for Mac” all over their timelines. While there was a rumor going around Twitter claiming that the full version of the app would be making its debut today, the developer instead decided to release a free public alpha to let everyone be a part of testing a new robot masterpiece.

I spent a few hours using Tweetbot for Mac version 0.6 today and have jotted down all my thoughts on the new client. Is it worth trying out, or should you stick with the official Twitter app? How many bugs does it have? What’s the difference between it and stable alternatives on the Mac? Find out the answers to these questions and more after the break. (more…)

When I need to quickly jot down a thought, remember to do something at work, or create a list of films to go see, I typically use Simplenote. Why, you ask? Because it’s the best service out there for storing plain text notes, and can be accessed from any device that connects to the Internet. The service has also proven to be extremely reliable for me in the past and I’ve never lost any information that I’ve saved onto it, unlike alternatives like 6Wunderkinder’s Wunderkit.

One problem with Simplenote, however, is that there isn’t actually an official app for the Mac, or even Windows for that matter. There are a few third-party clients like Notational Velocity which work well, but have never been quite what I was looking for. Enter Matthias Hochgatterer’s Justnotes. The simple little app does an amazing and beautiful job of making your Simplenote experience on Mac a bit more enjoyable than the traditional web interface.

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Ecoute, created by PixiApps, has been a moderately popular alternative to iTunes for over a year now. With version 3, developer Louka Desroziers and interface designer Julien Sagot hope to catapult their audio player’s status from semi-popular indie app to major-league success. So is the latest version of Ecoute ready for the big time?

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Do you ever wish there was a single place you could keep all your notes, web clippings, voice memos, and incredible ideas for screenplays? Somewhere that synchronised your notes across all your various devices and made them fully searchable by their content or tags?

Introducing the uninitiated to Evernote – a single place for all the things you need to remember! Is it worth the money you ask? Well it’s free so we should probably have a look…

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Weather applications fill an interesting niche on any app platform. They function as informative eye candy on smartphone home screens, essential additions on desktop enhancement applications like Geek Tool and life savers for people who have pristine internet access but, evidently, no windows.

So when every second app let’s you use the real thunderstorm ravaging your petunias in your front yard to water your virtual farmville crops, what’s so good about a vanilla OSX menubar app like MenuWeather?

Only one way to find out.

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Winners Announced!

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve selected all the competition winners, and their details are as follows:

Fontcase Winners
Lestyn Lloyd, Michael Polák, and Riccardo Luigi Varisco

DrawIt Winners
Andrew (@andrewpflynn), Ivan Nikolić, and Schellman

Sketch Winners
RHett, Nur Azam, and Tomas Bartko

SlipCover Winners
Eduardo Partida, WebKarnage, and Aaron Jackson

Congratulations to you all, and thanks for reading AppStorm!

Old Competition Announcement

We have an absolutely fantastic competition for you all today, giving away three licenses of every Mac application developed by Bohemian Coding.

Known for their beautifully designed software, Bohemian Coding have created a series of wonderful apps that you have a chance to win today. They are:

  • Fontcase – Fontcase is a font management application that provides an elegant and powerful workflow to help you organize the fonts you have installed on your system.
  • DrawIt – DrawIt is a vector editing application with support for bitmap-like image filters.
  • Sketch – The most important part of any drawing application is arguably the drawing area, so we’ve just made Sketch contain one big and infinitely large view with no palettes to be seen. That doesn’t mean we’ve compromised on the tools though.
  • SlipCover – SlipCover makes it easy to create custom case icons for all your media files.

How to Enter

Entering is really easy. All you need to do is retweet the following message, and leave a comment with your Twitter username!

Just entered a competition to win Fontcase, Sketch, DrawIt and SlipCover courtesy of @macappstorm: http://bit.ly/cjfLcR

Click here to tweet the message and enter!

Best of luck!. We’ll be picking the winners in exactly one week, on Thursday the 14th. Thanks for taking part!

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